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Elric of Melnibonè

The Official Series

Elric of Melnibonè
The Fortress of the Pearl
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
The Dreaming City
While the Gods Laugh
The Singing Citadel
The Sleeping Sorceress
The Revenge of the Rose
Stealer of Souls
Kings in Darkness
Caravan of Forgotten Dreams
Stormbringer

Planned Novels

The Dreamthief's Daughter
The Silverskin
Mournblade

Other Volumes

Earl Aubec
Elric at the End of Time
Elric: The Return to Melnibonè
The Last Enchantment / Jesting With Chaos

Song of the Black Sword - White Wolf anthology

Elric of Melniboné

(1972)

Elric of Melnibone

Melniboné: No longer the mighty empire that once dominated the world but a waning kingdom, dependent on trade from the human nations which have begun the challenge her power.

On his ruby Throne sits the albino Elric - sorcerer and warrior. A melancholy philosopher at odds with his destiny.

As fleets of marauders probe the defences of the Dragon Isle, Elric faces treachery within his own court - from Yyrkoon, the cruel and ambitious cousin who dreams of usurping him.

Elric of Melniboné. London: Arrow Books, 1979.

The rivalry between Elric and Yyrkoon comes to a boiling point and Yyrkoon attempts to dispose of Elric to take over the throne of Melnibonè himself. Elric has other ideas, though, and enlists the aid of several powerful forces to help him regain his throne...

The Fortress of the Pearl

(1989)

The Fortress of the Pearl

And when Elric had told his tree lies to Cymoril, and when he had taken leave of Rackhir the Red Archer, he set off into lands unknown, to seek knowledge which he believed would help him rule Melniboné as she had never been ruled before…

But it was in the desert city of Quarzhasaat that he began the adventure which was to help set the course for his weird for years to come. The Chronicle of the Black Sword

Lost in the immensities of the Sighing Desert, Quarzhasaat is a city of elaborate intrigue, ruled over by a council of seven known whimsically as the Six and One Other. When Elric, albino prince of Melniboné, arrives there he is weak and close to death, and is easily forced into agreeing to a mysterious quest: to find the Pearl at the Heart of the World, which will convey much power to its owner, but which lies concealed in the hidden Fortress of the Pearl. It is a quest which has defeated many before him, but Elric, armed with his soul-eating sword Stormbringer, is no ordinary adventurer.

The Fortress of the Pearl. London: Gollancz, 1989.

While journeying through Quarzhasaat, Elric is forced to undertake a quest to steal the legendary Pearl at the Centre of the World from a tribe of nomads. Elric meets Oone, a Dreamthief, and enters the dream realm to fulfil his quest.

The Sailor on the Seas of Fate

(1976)

Sailor on the Seas of Fate

Mighty Elric - Mightier Sword…

Elric of Melniboné, last of the emperors of a once mighty land, self-exiled bearer of the sword of deathpower called Stormbringer, found a ship waiting for him on a mist-wreathed alien seashore.

When he boarded the mysterious vessel, he learned from its shadowy captain that he was to undertake a strange quest, side by side with other heroes from other times. For this ship sailed no earthly waters. These warriors and champions fought sorcerers and demons in a journey spanning seas that seemed to connect not continents and coastlines but other eras and different worlds. For they were, all of them, sailors on the seas of fate.

The Sailor on the Seas of Fate. London: Grafton, 1990.

Elric undertakes three journeys, on three ships, to many places in space and time. During these quests he learns of his past, and his future.

The Dreaming City

(1961)

The Bane of the Black Sword

Elric leads an attack on the Dragon Isle, which has been taken over by Yyrkoon once again. Elric's motivation for this attack stems from the fact that Yyrkoon has placed Cymoril in a drug-induced sleep. Jerry Cornelius readers will note a more than passing similarity to portions of The Final Programme.

While the Gods Laugh

(1961)

Elric, Shaarilla and Moonglum quest to find The Dead God's Book - reputed to contain "knowledge which could solve many problems that had plagued men for centuries".

The Singing Citadel

(1967)

A strange tower appears that can sing songs that call men to their doom. Yishana enlists Elric and Moonglum's aid.

The Sleeping Sorceress

(1971) (U.K.)

The Vanishing Tower

(1977) (US)

The Vanishing Tower

Elric of Melnibonè, proud prince of ruins, last lord of a dying race, wanders the lands of the Young Kingdoms in search of the evil sorcerer Theleb K'aarna. His objet is revenge. But to achieve this, he must first brave such horrors as the Creatures of Chaos, the freezing wilderness of World's Edge, the golden-skinned Kelmain hordes, King Urish the Seven-fingered with his great cleaver Hackmeat, the Burning God, the Sighing Desert, and the terrible stone-age men of Pio. Although Elric holds within him a destiny greater than he could ever know, and controls the hellsword Stormbringer, stealer of souls, his task looks hopeless - until he encounters Myshella, Empress of the Dawn, the sleeping sorceress...

The Sleeping Sorceress. London: Quartet, 1975.

The Revenge of the Rose

(1991)

The Wandering Prince

Elric, the albino Prince of Ruins, has been condemned to an eternity of anguish. His only chance of escape is a quest across the dimensions of the multiverse for the rosewood soulbox containing the soul of his father. Accompanied by a group of young female novitiates of the Spear Cult he journeys to the city of Agnesh-Val. There he meets Rose, traveller in the time streams, sole survivor of her race, and searcher for the sweetest revenge. Their destinies are tied and will lead them on adventures that will reveal the deepest, darkest secrets of the world's future...

The Revenge of the Rose

The Revenge of the Rose throngs with a cast of marvellous characters both human and supernatural. Wheldrake, the plucky poet; the Tangled Woman; the clairvoyant family Phatt; and Scarsnout the she-dragon. Then there is the Rose herself, one of the most memorable female characters to ever to appear in epic fantasy fiction. And finally, Elric, Michael Moorcock's most famous fantasy creation, together with his soul-drinking sword, Stormbringer. This is imaginative storytelling at its most eloquent by a world-famous author writing at the height of his powers.

The Revenge of the Rose. London: Grafton, 1992.

Stealer of Souls

(1963)

The Wierd of the White Wolf

Kings in Darkness

(1962 Science Fantasy #54)

With James Cawthorn.

Caravan of Forgotten Dreams

or

The Flame Bringers

(1962 Science Fantasy #55)

Stormbringer

(1965)

Stormbringer

Sword and swordsman… but which was master?

Stormbringer, the mighty runesword, hung far away in the city's armoury. Elric, haunted albino warrior-king, had sworn never again to touch the enchanted blade. But now he needed it as never before. Evil supernatural beings had abducted his lovely wife Zarozinia. He would sacrifice the world itself to safe her. But would Stormbringer, seemingly endowed with a mind of it's own, allow it?

He was fated to ride out again over spectral landscapes, with the sentient blade he both loved and hated… which had slain enemies - and claimed comrades!

Stormbringer. Herts: Mayflower, 1974.

The Dreamthief's Daughter

(2001)

The Dreamthief's Daughter - UK edition

Count Ulrich von Bek returns from the first world war to his home, finding it overrun by proto-Nazi militia bands. As the power of the Nazis begins to grow, he draws himself further and further into his family history, which he discovers is somehow entwined with the Grail. He reads of the phrase "do you the Devil's work" which has been somehow connected with his family. He also learns of two pre-Teutonic swords Sturmbringer and Trauerklinge.

The Dreamthief's Daughter - US edition

His plans to find the swords and somehow right the evils that are being perpetrated are destroyed by his capture and incarceration in a Nazi war camp. After determining to escape, he begins to perceive memories of which he had no recollection. His existence and another, an albino from another age begin to merge. The battle is then to be fought on several different levels, and in several different times and places...

Telling any more of the plot, I'm afraid, would be giving too much away.

Other Novels

Note: I include the three new Elric novels in this section, as they do not at present exist within the chronology, and Michael has not yet decided on the exact placement. They will, of course, take place after The Fortress of the Pearl.

The Scrayling Tree

(Planned for 2002)

A "deconstruction of early American mythology"!

Mournblade

(Planned for 2000 / 2001)

Kirla, daughter of Oone and Elric (of Fortress of the Pearl), searches for Stormbringer's twin - Mournblade.

Elements of this novel begin to merge with some of The Dreamthief's Daughter.

Master of Chaos

later changed to

Earl Aubec

or

The Dream of Earl Aubec

(1964 Fantastic)

With James Cawthorn.

Elric at the End of Time

(1981 Dragon World)

Elric: The Return to Melnibonè

(19..)

The Last Enchantment

or

Jesting With Chaos

(1978 Ariel: The Book of Fantasy)

Ariel The Book of Fantasy

Short Fiction Anthologies

The Weird of the While Wolf

(1977 U.S. / 1984 U.K.)

The Weird of the White Wolf

The Bane of the Black Sword

(1977 U.S. / 1984 U.K.)

The Bane of the Black Sword
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